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High schools: SETX sending 12 teams back into playoff action

November 22, 2018

After last week’s bidistrict round of football playoffs, Southeast Texas has an even dozen high school teams still in contention.

But the season is over for Buna and Hardin, which lost on Nov. 15, and Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Hamshire-Fannett, West Hardin and Port Arthur Memorial, all of whom fell the next night.

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It’s tough to win in a competitive region with lots of talent, as Port Neches-Groves coach Brandon Faircloth knows.

“Here in Southeast Texas there is great football down here and everyone is really well coached and everyone has really good players,” Faircloth said. “We don’t take it for granted, but when you can win it’s a huge blessing.”

The bidistrict round saw its share of upsets and blowouts.

East Chambers scored a school-record 82 points against Crockett, with sophomore running back Ernest Caesar accounting for 275 rushing yards and five total touchdowns.

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The bidistrict round saw its share of upsets and blowouts.

East Chambers scored a school-record 82 points against Crockett, with sophomore running back Ernest Caesar accounting for 275 rushing yards and five total touchdowns.

The biggest surprise may have been Port Arthur Memorial’s loss to Richmond Foster on a last-second touchdown. Memorial had just two losses on the season coming into the game. Foster came back from a 13-6 deficit at the half to win 19-16.

Starting at at 1 p.m. Friday, Southeast Texas will begin to see which teams advance to the Regional Quarterfinals and which ones head home for the rest of the holidays.

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